Date: 3/19/21 4:39 pm From: catherine paris <cparis12010...> Subject: FOY field sparrows, phoebe and tick warning and bite protection
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Ticks are BACK AND FEEDING!
I just gave gave some of you tickaphobia. A condition that's transmissable over the phone or internet.
Symptoms include itchiness, rapid disrobing, crotch and armpit scratching in public, battling inflexibility in a mirror, upgrading wattage, upgrading magnifiers, rememorizing native body spots and a general feeling of paranoia when anything brushes a hair folicule.
I came down with a devastating tick disease in 1987. Ironically, the Yale research that had "solved" the puzzle of Lyme disease was incomplete, incorrect and to date the testing is not definitive. The COVid19 virus is an excellent example of how difficult it is to understand disease in humans. Please do not ignore a tick bite and don't expect a rash or a negative blood test to release you from worry. Pursue an infectious disease specialist. For the last 30 yrs., throw the book at spirochetes from ticks by nothing less than 30 days of doxycycline. It is the only way!
Feel free to contact me about this. Many of my birding and scientist friends have been through this.
My neurologist and I just had a conversation about Covid exposing our weaknesses in medicine. His statement was that doctors always knew they were only human. Its the rest of us that expect miracles.
Spray your footware and definitely buy the SOCKS that are impregnated with bug off. Change clothing promptly after birding.
About those chiggers Bob, (70 degree soil temps) Chiggers love reptiles so imagine a paved walkway at night and the number of crossings. Since I'm fresh meat for chigger bites and a histamine waiting to happen, I've found that only tiger balm can keep the bite quelled. And keep your shorts long and tight. You'll be glad they stopped climbing. I use painters tape. Adds an artistic flair.
Be safe and be smart and if you need to look down your shirt or shorts, have at it! Been there, done that.
Catherine Paris OZARK county <cparis12010...>
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